New Year’s Eve w/ The Sword, Pallbearer and More

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There are plenty of great New Year’s Eve parties to choose from this year, but none quite like the party C3 & Do512 have put together. While the majority of available parties consist of dance-happy tunes and upbeat boozing, we have managed to bring together some of the heaviest and hard-charging talent to crush the final hours of 2014. Check out what we’ve got in store for you at Emo’s on New Year’s Eve:

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The Sword

Austin band The Sword — John D. Cronise [Vocals, Guitar], Kyle Shutt [Guitar], Bryan Richie [Bass], and Jimmy Vela [Drums] — have been perfecting their heavy metal/hard rock sound since forming in 2003. Over the course of four albums, a worldwide tour with Metallica, and gigs with everyone from Motorhead to Ozzy Osbourne, the band has made fans all over the world. They began turning heads with Age of Winters in 2006 and its 2008 follow-up, Gods of the Earth. Their latest effort, Apocryphon, charted in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart in 2012.

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Pallbearer

Pallbearer is a metal band from Central Arkansas, formed in 2008 after spending time playing in various bands around the Little Rock underground metal scene. Paying homage to doom metal of old while still looking wholly forward, the band built upon the underground success of their initial demo offering in 2010 and their debut full length “Sorrow and Extinction” was released in February, 2012 to virtually universal critical acclaim. Now the band slowly marches onward to deliver its progressively-tinged beautiful gloom on a global scale.

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Boyfrndz

Also rocking this NYE party will be Austin band Boyfrndz, whose sophomore release, Breeder, is one of the nominees for Best Local Album in Do512’s Best in Austin 2014 Survey. Their technical, post-hardcore sounds have a decidedly math-rock bent, with Noisey calling it “perfect for putting on a certain mesmerizing screensaver and just tripping out,” drifting into “celestial spacey rock territory a la The Mars Volta.”

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Mayeux & Broussard

Mayeux (pronounced “MY-YOU”) and Broussard is a countrified southern blues band from right here in Austin. Formed in the summer of 2011, the band consists of singer-songwriters Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard, along with Taylor Englert (Drums), Misha Ben-David (Bass). Mayeux and Broussard have been performing relentlessly with their full band all over Austin and the rest of Texas, bringing a blend of gritty Texas country and swampy blues rock.

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With all of this talent, you’re sure to get your face melted in the best way possible. So, come party hard with us as we bring in the New Year with a bang! Grab tickets here.

OZTIN: A Technicolor New Year at Spiderhouse

Still looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve party? Well, look no further than Spider House Cafe and Ballroom and Le DUH Productions party, Oztin: A Technicolor New Year. On Wednesday, December 31st, the Land of Oz will come to life right in front of your eyes as you watch Austin transform into a colorfully designed and fashioned world “somewhere over the rainbow” for you and your buddies to frolic in for one night only!

OZTIN will have awesome art installations, projections, costumes, themed beverages and much much more! And that’s not all! Not only will you be partying in this colorful wonderland, but they’ve also put together one massive lineup that’ll have you hanging up your ruby red slippers. Be ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with pop music icon Ronnie Spector and special guests Shannon and the Clams, Christian Bland & The Revelators, Cosmonauts, and The Pesos!

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Christian Bland and the Revelators

Christian Bland is best known as the guitarist for The Black Angels. His solo project, Christian Bland and The Revelators, highlights his signature sound and contributions to one of modern psych’s biggest names. The band features Bland on guitar/vox, Bob Mustachio on drums, Chris Catalena on the organ, and Luke Dawson on bass. The band just completed a lengthy European tour in support of the brand new album The Unseen Green Obscene, out now on The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

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Shannon and the Clams

Shannon and the Clams is an Oakland-based trio known for a vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf rock. Channeling Buddy Holly-like early rock rhythms, 60s girl groups, the band is led by the powerful vocals of bassist Shannon Shaw, with Cody Blanchard (vocals, guitar) and Ian Amberson (vocals, drums) rounding things out. They’ve been described as sounding like “a brawling Etta James backed up by the 13th Floor Elevators singing Shangri-Las tunes.”

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Ronnie Spector

Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960s. And to this day, no one has ever surpassed Ronnie’s powerful trademark vocals, her gutsy attitude, or her innocent but knowing sexuality. For these qualities and more, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007.

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So, come get lost in the Land of OZtin and experience a party unlike any other this NYE! There’s still time to grab your limited early bird tickets now for $45! We’ll see you on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Spider House Cafe and Ballroom. Enter to win tickets on Do512!

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Erwin Center

Pink Floyd is by far one of the greatest rock groups to ever roam the earth. Whether you can recite every word to The Darkside of the Moon or you’re completely new to their catalog, SHINE ON – The Pink Floyd Experience Featuring the Laser Spectacular will blow your mind. We are giving away a pair of tickets to TWO lucky people for the performance at the Frank Erwin Center on February 27, so check out all the details below.

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular has been going on for 25 years now, and like a fine wine, the show has aged well. The entire Dark Side of the Moon, hits from The Wall and many of Pink Floyd’s greatest jams will be played by world-class musicians with what might be one of the greatest light shows in the world. This may be the most unique, if not most awesome, Pink Floyd Tribute you’ll ever see.

Learn everything you need to know about SHINE ON via Do512, and don’t forget to click “Enter to Win” for your shot at the free pair of tickets!

Do512’s Best in Austin 2014 Survey

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Do512 is constantly recommending awesome stuff for you to do in Austin, but now we want to hear YOUR opinions. What’s the best new restaurant in town? Who’s got the best burger? What’s your favorite place to grab coffee and tacos? Which new bar tops your list? What local band impressed you the most this year? Take our survey on Do512.com and let us know what you think!

You will also be entered to win a $50 Gift Card to the Alamo Drafthouse! Voting for Do512’s Best in Austin 2014 Survey ends this Friday, December 19. Survey results will be published on Do512 on Monday, December 22. Thank you Austin!

Do512 Restaurant of the Week: Native Family

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When one thinks of the Midwest a lot of images may pop into their mind: rolling fields, frozen lakes, distinct accents, and cows; lots and lots of cows.  One rarely will think of the food.  Fools.  While Midwestern food may get a bad rap as salty, laden in fat, or just casseroles; in actuality it is some of the best food out there. Fresh milk, creamy cheeses, butter laden desserts, and hyper local produce; it is hearty enough to feed farmers and their brood and pays homage to classic German, Scandinavian, and Asian foods.  Inspired by their move from Cleveland to the Austin community, chefs and artists Olivia and Ryan Genthe and chef Ray McConaghy began Native Family Co based on the concept of bringing Midwestern food to the Southwest while maintaining that ultimate sense of community.

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Bearing the mantra “Wish Not So Much as to Live Long as to Live Well,” on the back of their beautiful hand lettered menus; Native Family Company, currently located out of Firehouse Hostel on 5th and Brazos, completely embodies this concept of eating well, living well, and being proud of where you come from.  Imagine flights of pot pies, caprese paninis,  and onion soup flambees; flaky crusts, sharp cheeses, and tender meats in creamy sauces all composed of ingredients found at the farm down the road, Antonelli’s cheese shop, and breads from Easy Tiger.

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Collaborating with Firehouse Hostel, Native Family created a menu that pairs perfectly  with the new Firehouse cocktail list.  A nod to the old with a taste of the new, working within the bar and hostel element the plates are easy to share and play to the communal aspect of the hostel as well as the multitude of artisanal food vendors in Austin .  Cheese plates such as the Big Board feature a Boston Post Dairy Gisele goat cheese, cloth bound cabot cheddar, a smoking goose stagberry and saucisson rouge, and is rounded out with a house made chicken heart pate all accompanied with Easy Tiger baguette, olives, almonds, and pickles.

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Being Midwesterns ourselves (I hail from St. Paul and Drew comes from Chicago) we were delighted to go sample some of the Midwestern heritage dishes adorning the menu.  If you’ve never been to Firehouse Hostel, its a must go in Austin.  Hidden behind a sliding bookcase in the hostel, the bar features cozy leather booths and a small stage often held by local singer songwriters.  Fire lit tables overflow with a mixture of tech savvy 20 somethings from local businesses, tourists who have strayed from Dirty Six, and a myriad of travellers seeking adventure.   The only thing missing was wonderful community inspired food.  The first dish we sampled was the chilled gnocchi salad.  Coming from Grandma’s recipe the plump gnocchis are lightly tossed with arugula, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, and a fresh made dressing.  The gnocchi makes this salad hearty, replacing traditional breadcrumbs with a savory surprising twist.

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Next we sampled the onion soup flambe.  While a hot soup may seem peculiar in the often hot climate of Austin, the Flambe is the perfect petite size.  Accompanied with a tableside flambe to toast the parmesan, the dish is impressive before the first bite. The melted cheese is crusted on the sides and gooey in the middle atop a piece of handmade bread swimming in the dark smooth onion broth.

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We then moved on to the Sardines on toast.  The sustainable, BPA free sardines are packed in a mild salt water creating a perfectly savory bite.  Seated atop lightly toasted Easy Tiger baguette with a fresh tomato compote and parmesan creates the perfect bit savory sardines, sweet compote and crunch in one bite.


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Then came the hail mary, the pot pie flight.  A trio of three “mini” pot pies.  While each looks similar with their buttery flaky slightly browned pastry crust, each holds a very different inside.  The first is the veggie pot pie: leek and potatoes in a thyme laden juicy sauce with tender baby bella chunks.  The second is the more traditional pot pie, Lonestar braised chicken paired with carrots in a delectable gravy, and finally the third is the nod to Austin a spicy beef chili perfectly paired with the sweet pastry crust. (This item is being replaced with a delicious Carnitas pot pie, complete with pork from Green Gate Farm.) It was the perfect meal.

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Native Family Co’s star will continue to rise for many moons.  The pair already owns a catering company and is looking into a food cart.  They are in the talks with new bars to start a food trailer in the back, once again developing a menu with their values and recipes to pair with the drink menu of the bar.  Their menu will continue to be amazing as well. Coming this month for dessert is a delectable apple pie topped with freshly churned cheddar cheese ice cream.

This month they placed 2nd as a Fan Favorite at the Austin Meatball Festival and will be featuring the award winning meatballs on their menu; a Reuben Meatball with ground corned beef, swiss cheese, and rye bread crumb topped with sauerkraut and housemade thousand island dressing.  Whether you too hail from the Midwest or you simply are looking for good food, check out Native Family Co. at the Firehouse Hostel for a delicious buttery, flavourful meal with a little bit of heart.

Be sure to visit Do512 for your chance to win a $25 gift card. Bon appetit and Happy Holidays!

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– Contributed by fellow Midwesterner Page Jensen-Slattengren –

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